Baldur Brönnimann is a conductor of great flexibility with a broad-minded approach to music-making and a particular affinity for the most complex contemporary scores. He shares his time between the concert hall and the opera house, and whenever possible seeks out opportunities for educational and outreach work. In January 2015 he became the Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, following a long-standing relationship with the orchestra. In September 2016 he takes up the position of Principal Conductor with the Basel Sinfonietta.
Baldur Brönnimann Swiss conductor
For many years Baldur Brönnimann has been the conductor of choice for composer projects at the highest level working closely with composers. Such as John Adams, Saariaho, Birtwistle, Chin, Adès. Orchestras such as the Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Britten Sinfonia, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Copenhagen Philharmonic and Seoul Philharmonic. Whilst contemporary music continues to play a major part in Baldur Brönnimann’s work. He is now equally sought after in mainstream repertoire and as such is conducting a wide and eclectic range of repertoire across the globe. Most recently with orchestras such as the Helsinki Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Bordeaux and Bergen Philharmonic.
Highlights of Brönnimann’s 2015/16 season include the opening concert of the 2016 Bergen International Festival conducting a multimedia-enhanced performance of Schönberg’s Erwartung and Verklärte Nacht. A production of Zender’s orchestral reimagining of Schubert’s Winterreise – The Dark Mirror – with Britten Sinfonia and Ian Bostridge at Barbican Centre. Both directed by Netia Jones, debuts with the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart in a performance of Stockhausen’s Gruppen. And with the Düsseldorf Symphony as part of the Schönes Wochenende Festival.
He also returns to the Ensemble Intercontemporian for a performance at the Philharmonie Paris, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and Klangforum Wien. In the opera house, he returns to the Teatro Colón, Argentina, for a production of Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten. He makes his debut at Norwegian Opera conducting the world premiere of Rolf Wallin’s Elysium.
Highlights of Baldur Brönnimann’s opera career include La Fura dels Baus’s Ligeti Le Grand Macabre at English National Opera and the Teatro Colón, Argentina. John Adams Death of Klinghoffer (Tom Morris) at ENO, Saariaho L’amour de loin at Norwegian Opera and the Bergen International Festival. Romitelli Index of Metals with Barbara Hannigan at the Theater an der Wien. At Buenos Aires’s Teatro Colón he has also conducted Schoenberg Erwartung, Szymanowski Hagith. Lachenmann The Little Match Girl with the composer as narrator.
As Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música. Upcoming plans include tours and projects combining contemporary and unknown works with standard repertoire in typically unexpected ways. At the end of 2015 Brönnimann completes his tenure as Artistic Director of Norway’s leading contemporary music ensemble BIT20. Remaining projects with them include the world premiere of Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s opera “UR” in Germany. And the completion of a Ligeti disc for the BIS label. Brönnimann was Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia in Bogotá from 2008-2012.
Born in Switzerland, Baldur Brönnimann trained at the City of Basel Music Academy and at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he was subsequently appointed Visiting Tutor in Conducting.
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